Monday, June 21, 2010

MONDAY MONDAY

OK - Obviously I've used that blog post title before because it auto-populated when I started typing it.

It is actually the title of a Momma's and Papa's song that I love.  I am probably dating myself but I can't help but feeling like California Dreamin' and Monday Monday were all from an easier time - a time when I didn't have to worry so much about things.  AHHH - guess I should never do a blog post when I am having a "blue" Monday !  I also like Manic Monday but I used that one before too !

One of my faithful blog followers asked what I had been up to - that I had not been around blogland lately.  Well I wish I had tons of stitching to show for my absence here but alas I do not.  I meant to get updated WIP photo of my Hart sampler but I keep forgetting - I always seem to be running late to work and that is when I seem to take all my blog photos because there is more light in my house in the morning.

I do have a couple of photos to show - Here is a shot of Workbasket's Faith Hope Love - I have been working on it for several years (yes I said YEARS) - I don't know why I don't work on it more - I love the piece - DF Henri did this several years ago for a departing priest at her church and it was stunning - she inspired me to start it too.  Mine is on 36ct Lakeside vintage lentil in Belle Soie Noir.  I am just about at the 1/2 way point.  Maybe I should make this my "strand a day" project !



Here is a closer shot - I was afraid one skein of silk would not be enough and when I bought the 2nd skein it had a lot more light sections so I am pulling 1 strand from one skein and 1 strand from the 2nd skein to try and balance the difference and I think it is working out just fine.



On Memorial Day weekend I was just dying to start something patriotic - I always want to stitch in the current season - christmas in December - a turkey on thanksgiving weekend and flags on the 4th of July!  I know - how do I ever expect to finish anything "for" the season - oh well - I really just don't care too much - whatever gives me joy at the time - it's all about the process for me - Am I having fun right now?  YEP - OK then it's all good !

I thought surely I had a BBD that would work for something patrotic when oh boy !  Look what I ran across - this is the America pillow by Handwork  - I had the lovely and cherished BOAF Sparrow linen in 36ct that Mary Riggs used in her model and it was done in GAST and WDW - I had all but 3 of them on hand so I could start it.  YIPPEE - I stitched like crazy on this for a week - that's about the length of my attention span on any given project.  I should have titled this blog post "true confessions" LOL - I have more done on it than the photo shows and since 4th of July is coming up - I have another patriotic holiday where I'll be wanting to stitch the red,white and blue ! 

One last photo is the new start I made on the BBD Anniversaries of the Heart series.  I saw just one too many of these WIP's in blogland.  I am stitching mine on 30ct WDW Parchment using the recommended threads.  I wanted something big enough that I could maybe work on it at work  and not have to have additional light.  I am proud of what I have gotten done on it just working on it at work occasionally -



 
I'm not sure what that big pink hue is in the middle of the sampler - must be a reflection from the sun thru the glass or something because there is no pink hue on the linen.

Hope all my friends are doing well and staying cool - it's been horribly hot here in NE FL this past week.  Highs hovering around 100 and heat index well over 100 - damaging and severe thunderstorms every day last week and I hear it thundering now in the distance. Thanks for each of your comments on my blog - I read and appreciate hearing from you so much.

19 comments:

Alice said...

You have some very sumptuous WIPs! I agree that you should stitch what makes you happy. Finishing need not be the only pleasure involved.

Deb said...

I had been wondering what you were up to and glad to see you posting! You have some wonderful WIPS - I don't know which one I like more - love them all equally, I guess, but love, love the colors of the Americana pillow! So, so pretty!

Margaret said...

I love the Mamas and the Papas! Very appropriate for today too! lol! Love all your WIPs! I'm going to have to go searching for that America Pillow. So pretty! And using one strand from each skein for your Faith, Hope and Love is a great way to go! Looks great! Your AotH is looking good too! Great stitching!! Hope you have a great week!

Cari said...

Beautiful WIP's Mel. I love each one of them. And I too usually have several projects going all at once. I just work on the one that gives me joy for the moment!! Good idea to pick a strand from each skein of Belle Soie floss. I love stitching with Belle Soie! You hand in there and have a good week!! Big Hugs

Katherine said...

Wow, Faith, Hope & Love is truly gorgeous - and apparently challenging. I love your solution to the dark/light silk problem.

Laurie in Iowa said...

All your WIPs look fabulous. Enjoy your week.

krayola said...

Mel, your WIPs are all gorgeous! And you didn't even show your knitting or hooking! I'll be lulling myself to sleep to the tune of Monday, Monday. Have always loved that song but only by the M&Ps. Thanks for sharing. Hugs!

Jackie said...

You always have the best WIPs!

I love the Mamas and the Papas too! Mondays are hard, aren't they? I wish we could have a 4 day work week every week - and get paid for 5 of course!

Katrina said...

Oh fun, love all the stitchy pictures!!!! All your projects are gorgeous.

Rugs and Pugs said...

Mel ~
I'll date myself, too. I'm of the Mama and Papa's vintage!
Love all your WIP's. I would love to be a fly in your craft closet and peek at all of them...lol! I bet I'd be looking for quite some time.
Pug hugs :)
Lauren

Michelle said...

All of your WIPs are fantastic. I just started the Anniversaries of the Heart too. I love your Workbasket piece - lovely in the Noir!

Ranae said...

Fantastic WIP's!
They look great.
Stay cool and dry

Susan said...

I hadn't seen the Faith, Hope and Love sample before, but it looks great! I've found that Quakers are good for a "strand-a-day" project since they are usually one color.

I am averting my eyes from your Anniversaries of the Heart. I will not be tempted into starting this!!

Isadarena said...

Hello Mel, you are very nice projects in progess and I love the colors of the american pillow too.
Like you,I have also many wips and sometimes I stay very long time before picking up one and furthermore I am not so good in making rotations : poor of me....lol...!!
Have a great afternoon,
Isabelle

Karoline said...

Your wips are all looking lovely.

sarasue828 said...

Just clicked on your blog since I had not done so in a long while. Love the rug! Don't know how you see to do the cross stitch. My eyes would be buggy by now. Hoping to get to Florida next winter. Trying to keep cool up here in Ohio. It has been really warm this week. Just put my fifth pie in a weeks time in the oven. Brother is here and I guess I'm spoiling him. Don't see him but once a year for the family reunion. Take care.

Siobhan said...

Beautiful WIPs, Mel! I'm glad to see you posting. The main thing is you are enjoying yourself, not how long it takes you to finish something!

~ Stitchin Sweet Sue ~ said...

Hi Woolwoman, found you thru PeggyLee's new blog, beautiful work. You're teasing us with pics of gorgeous shops with big sunny windows and comfy leather sofas to sit~n~stitch - swoon:)

Laura said...

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and leaving such a heartfelt comment. You touched my heart. I am going to send my Mom to your blog as she is a knitter too. She will love to look at all of the shopping pictures. I have been obsessing over that PAPA sampler ever since I saw it on your blog a couple of days ago. Love your blog and I will be back!!!!